Vol. 2 No. 1-2 (2008)
Articles

Agricultural outsourcing: A comparison between the Netherlands and Japan

Published October 31, 2008
Masayo Igata
Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
Astrid Hendriksen
Wageningen University, Department of Social Sciences, the Netherlands
Wim Heijman
Wageningen University, Department of Social Sciences, the Netherlands
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APA

Igata, M. ., Hendriksen , A. ., & Heijman, W. . (2008). Agricultural outsourcing: A comparison between the Netherlands and Japan. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 2(1-2), 29-33. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2008/1-2/4

Outsourcing may well be a tool for increasing the efficiency of Japanese agriculture. However, outsourcing is not frequently used by Japanese farmers in their day-to-day management. This has resulted in a weakly developed market for agricultural contracting services. In order to take a closer look at the reasons for making use of outsourcing, a comparative study was carried out between the agricultural contracting sector in Japan and that in the Netherlands, where agricultural outsourcing is a regular practice. In the Netherlands, especially small, diversified farms that lack sufficient labour tend to outsource agricultural work; in Japan, the situation is far less clear. Cultural factors possibly play an important role.